In this Article, I will attempt a comparative review by examining in the United States the crime that has the most affinity with the crime of honor in the Arab World: the killing of women in the heat of passion for sexual or intimate reasons, which is seen in the United States as one of many instances in which the more generic crime of passion can occur. For the purposes of this Article, I will use the term "crime of passion" as it is so specifically defined. The reason for the exercise is to locate precisely the meaning of the proposition historically circulated in the orientalist tradition but also shared by Euro-American popular culture that while the West has "passion" the East has ''Honor."
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Abu-Odeh, Lama, "Comparatively Speaking: The Honor of the East and the Passion of the West" (1997). Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works. Paper 1401.